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Did you know I have a dark side?

Come to the dark side We have the chocolate! Unlike last week’s Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes (best pancakes ever!), many of my current loves are very dark. Perhaps I’m just trying to counter this oppressive Texas heat. Currently… Currently eating: dark Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting. Straight from the jar. Like it is my job. Anyone want to […]

Giant Chia Seeds! (giveaway)

Big Chia Mess! The first time I bought chia seeds, I was on vacation. To bring the seeds home, I packed them in a plastic bag in my suitcase. Big mistake. When I arrived back in Texas, the bag had spilled open and there were chia seeds everywhere. And then, when I tried to clean […]

Cherry Crumble Bars

I used to think I disliked cherries, because I hated cherry-flavored candies, vitamins, drinks, and especially cherry cough drops. But I don’t think I’d ever tasted an actual cherry until I was a teenager. Weird, right? After that first taste, I was in love! Now, in the summertime, I’ll almost always have fresh cherries in […]

Harry Potter theme party!!

I *heart* theme parties Once (pre-vegan), I threw a Jungle-themed ice cream party, complete with monkey tails (pretzels), elephant droppings (Hershey’s kisses), baby elephant droppings (chocolate chips), and even zebra dandruff (shredded coconut). In retrospect, these might not have been the most-appetizing choices for ice cream topping names… but the point is that I go […]

I’m going to New York City!

Pretty sure it’s my favorite place in the world. The only problem is that there are so many great restaurants, shops, and sights in NYC, it’s hard to choose what not to do! I’m not getting very far, in terms of mapping out an itinerary. Restaurants, shops, museums… And, I have to visit the home […]

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes. Your guests’ tastebuds will think they’ve died and gone to a tropical paradise. You don’t have to tell anyone that such a beautiful and delicious breakfast is actually healthy! What they don’t know won’t hurt them. Their fatness rivals the Blueberry Pie Pancakes. And I didn’t try to shape the top one […]

Do you eat too much?

Or maybe you don’t eat at the “right” times? Just like the idea that different people don’t need to like the same food, different people also don’t need to eat the same amount of food. Looking to others as a way of determining how much to eat is a very, very dangerous idea. No two people […]

My “go-to” chocolate cupcake recipe

This is a chocolate-covered blog Yet, up until a few weeks ago, it included neither a recipe for chocolate brownies nor one for chocolate cupcakes. Some chocolate blog! Last month, I took on the brownies: Ultimate Fudge Brownies. (Side note: I wish I’d created those brownies a long time ago! They’re so fudgey and chocolatey […]

Pineapple Floats

With Coconut Ice Cream. I’m practicing for when I move to Hawaii. My friends used to love hanging out at my house when we were younger, probably because my mom was the best hostess. She’d always be prepared for guests with freshly-baked cookies, brownies, or even English muffin pizzas. Come summertime, one of her favorite treats to […]

Never Ending Oatmeal Bowl

When I first tried chia seeds (in the form of chia pudding), I wasn’t a fan. I wanted to like them: they’re so good for you. But eating something just because it’s good for you? Ridiculous! You don’t have to suffer for health. If you aren’t big on a certain food, there are plenty of […]

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

It is so hot here! Can someone please invent the Ice Cream Diet? Where you eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? A few of you told me there already is an ice cream diet. Why am I surprised? After all, there’s a grapefruit diet, a cabbage soup diet, even a No White Foods […]

Buttery Berry Crumble Bars

Yummy. Sweet. Crumbly and Buttery. By the way, did you know that a synonym for buttery is butyraceous? I learned quite a few new words today, thanks to thesaurus.com: pinguedinous, pomadig, sebaceous, cereous, lardacious… Pretty sure I’ll never need to use that last one! Purple-licious! I initially thought to use mixed berries in my bars so […]

Blondies and Bars

Baby, you’re a firework Over the years, the task of “dessert-maker” for our annual neighborhood 4th-of-July party has somehow fallen to me. I think it all started when I was still in high school and brought a vegan coconut cream pie recipe I’d adapted from one of my very-first vegan cookbooks: How it all Vegan. […]

Patriotic Cookie Dough Balls

Cookie Dough Balls coming atcha! Full speed ahead. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Chefs in Training Last Friday, I once again babysat for the two little girls I mentioned a few posts back. I love babysitting for them, and I never thought I’d say that because babysitting has never been my favorite thing. But these girls are just so much fun. […]

My #1 dessert to bring to parties

I’ve finally decided what I’ll make for 4th of July: fruit salad, chocolate chip blondies, and a new recipe I’ll post early next week if it works out! Below are just a few more ideas (that didn’t fit with yesterday’s berry theme) for 4th of July: Cookie Dough Dip Chickpea Poppers Crazy-Good Ranch Dressing Minted […]

Red, White, and Blueberries!

I’m terrible at making decisions. So when I tried to decide which recipes to include in my Fourth of July post, I had no idea where to start. Basically any dessert recipe could be good for a Fourth of July party, right? Well, maybe not the Cake Batter Ice Cream. To simplify things, I’m choosing […]

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